Thursday, April 30, 2009

Family Photo(s)

Sorry for the delay, but Blogger has been giving me troubles. This will have to be one photo at a time apparently.

Anyhoo, here is our first family photo:

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Happy Monthiversary, Nathan!!

Nathan is 1 month old today!!!

Help! I'm stuck in a crevice!

After the 1st bath.

Kickin' it with the kids.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Help!! He's eating me!

Nathan decided to attack me last night. The little guy was determined to chew on whatever came in front of him, including my earlobe. Laura couldn't stop laughing. In fact she still is...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

D-Backs Home Opener

Splinky took me to the D-Backs home opener this past Monday...and I have pictures to prove it.

We decided to try out the new light rail and it works like a charm. There are two park and ride locations out near us, one at the 101 and Apache and the other at Dobson and Apache, with plenty of parking. The light rail fare is $1.25 each way, or $2.50 for an all day pass, and since we would need to return at some point, we obvisouly went the all day route. This was also beneficial after the game as we didn't have to wait in a long line to buy a ticket.

Splinky riding the rail

Me on the train

The trip downtown took about 40 minutes, but we saved money on parking and gas and we were dropped off 1 block from the stadium, so we didn't have to walk far. It wasn't the most scenic route, but it got the job sone. (Also, there is a stop right outside of Sun Devil Stadium, so that will be perfect for ASU football games.)

Entering Chase Field

View from the seats

One of the many homeruns

And of course the D-Backs won!!! They were off to a great start before dropping the next 2 to the Rockies. The new second baseman, Felipe Lopez, and Tony Clark both homered from each side of the plate, which is unique in its own right, but has never happened on opening day. Why they track stats like this, who knows? Why opening day vs. game 57??? Baseball fans must have some extra time on their hands.

MLB All-Star Game Comes to PHX!!

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been chosen to host the 2011 All-Star game. Granted it's still 2 years away, but I am so excited I may start camping out for tickets tonight.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Survivorman is so awesome!

If you've never seen the show, the host goes out to harsh locations and tries to survive for 7 days with limited food and supplies. Or as he says, "No food, no shelter, no fresh water — one man alone in the wild for seven days with only his wits and stamina to sustain him." For the most part he is recreating a normal adverture that took a bad turn and now you have to make it until the searchers find you. For example, maybe you get lost in the Arizona desert or fall after mountain climbing or stuck in the African plains with lions nearby. But the episode that I just saw, he is in Australia and is flying a small plane to set up a crash landing. Yes, he simply flys around the outback until his plane runs out of gas and is forced to make an emergency landing...create your own runway. Now let's say you manage to survive you have to kick it for 7 days without any food or water. Sounds like fun.

In all the episodes I've seen, he has only successfully acquired a decent meal (more than small wild plants and berries) a couple of times. So basically, no real food for a week. And this guy does it for about 10 episodes per yer. That's 10 weeks of basically no food for a week. Not sure if this guy has all of his marbles, but it sure would be fun to go camping with the guy.

The show airs on the Discovery channel; not sure when as I usually see the reruns on the HD channel.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bee Afraid

So we are kicking it downstairs with Nathan when I see this bee on the window screen. As I slowly close the window, trapping the bee, I think, "I am glad we saw him before he got to us." With the bee successfully locked up and awaiting trial, I went out to play wiffleball with Sonoma. When suddenly, "Aaaa! A bee!" Yes a second bee in the house. So Laura grabs her trusty butterfly net and improvizes and transforms it into a bee net and captures the bee before tagging it and releasing it into the wild.

Weird, two bees in the house. Yikes! When suddenly..."Aack! Another bee!" Yes, a third bee in the house. This bee manages to evade the authorities, but we put out an APB on him hoping that he will be picked up quickly. Good thing they didn't get to 2-week old Nathan. After commenting on the situation, Laura and I both go back to our activities.

"Shit! Shit! Shit!" I hear being yelled from upstairs. Quickly I dash up the stairs to find Laura and 100s of bees in our master bathroom (and a few that have advanced into our bedroom).

Yes, bees apparently began pooring out from behind our showerhead. The cover was loose, there was a hole in the wall, and a beehive in the wall or attic. Not sure how long they've been there, but they decided Saturday was the day they've been planning for their home invasion. So we closed the door and stuffed a towel at the base to keep them contained and ran back downstairs.

So not wanting them in our house any longer than the need to be, we began calling bee control companies (surprisingly there are a bunch). Also, not knowing if this was an emergency type situation (possibly African Killer Bees) I wasn't sure if I should call around for the best price or not? But since the first few needed to call us back anyway, we got a few price quotes before selecting. Apparently the going rate for bee removal is $175, as was quoted by several companies. So as we waited for the bee guy to come we kept an eye out for further advancement by the bee army, ready to retreat at the first sign of attack. Luckily, that never came, but the bee guy did, and we now have a bee-free home.

Point of entry:

I now have a great movie idea for Hollywood:

A horror film...Bee Afraid. A family brings home their newborn son while unbeeeeknownst to them a bee hive is planning its attack. Slowly creeping out while they sleep, one by one the bees emerge until the bathroom is swarming with bees. Bee Afraid...Bee very afraid. Opens Friday.

"In This Case, We Maraud For Ears"

Which one of these is not like the other?

So we are trying to decide which features came from whom (who?) and I think we have decided that Nathan's ears are more similar to Laura's. He seems to have picked and chose parts of each of our ears, but we think he favored Laura's ears a bit more.

After a while, ears are weird to look at...

Maybe noses next...

*Post title is a quote from A Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders album (in case you were wondering).

More Pictures of Nathan

We are continuing the parental tradition of taking pictures of every little thing our little Nathan does. Here are some from week #3: